Because one of its professors defended a student's view of traditional marriage against a leftist philosophy instructor deeming it homophobic, Marquette University has threatened the conservative professor's job unless he confesses "guilt" for being "reckless" and causing "harm" to the offended instructor.
This incident dates back to November of 2014, when Professor John McAdams wrote a blog post chiding instructor Cheryl Abbate for trying to silence one of her students by telling him "some opinions are not appropriate." The exchange was secretly recorded by the student and McAdams was able to hear what was said and included those quotes in his blog.
In her "Theory of Ethics" class, Abbate was going through a list of political issues for discussion and when she came to "gay rights," she brazenly stated, "Everybody agrees on this, and there is no need to discuss it." The conservative student took issue with this and confronted her about it after class, telling her he disagrees with many of the tactics of the gay lobby, especially when it comes to pushing same-sex marriage and gay adoption.
And even though McAdams could see that for a moment, Abbate was countering the student objectively, she eventually tired and flatly stated, "Some opinions are not appropriate, such as racist opinions, sexist opinions" and told him, "You don't have a right in this class to make homophobic comments," and added that they "will not be tolerated." Abbate was concerned that a homosexual student might become offended if anyone raised a contrary opinion while discussing gay rights in the class and so she suggested the student drop the course.
In response, McAdams wrote:
Abbate, of course, was just using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed “offensive” and need to be shut up.
Of course, only certain groups have the privilege of shutting up debate. Things thought to be “offensive” to gays, blacks, women and so on must be stifled.
Groups not favored by leftist professors, of course, can be freely attacked, and their views (or supposed views) ridiculed. Christians and Muslims are not allowed to be “offended” by pro-gay comments.
At this point, according to Breitbart, Abbate has moved on "to a tenure track position at another university" and besides getting some "mean emails" at that time, she was treated by her peers as liberal royalty.
But now Marquee, listed as a Catholic university, is bringing charges against McAdams for his blog post and a so-called diverse faculty committee has recommended his suspension without pay through the fall of 2016 first, and then his position terminated if he doesn't confess "deep regret" for damages to Ms. Abbate:
Your acknowledgement that your November 9, 2014, blog post was reckless and incompatible with the mission and values of Marquette University and you express deep regret for the harm suffered by our former graduate student and instructor, Ms. Abbate.
So far, McAdams has hit back that he will not submit to such a "loyalty oath" and said the university is violating its own clear statutes of academic freedom. He also compared the demand for an apology to the “Inquisition, in which victims who ‘confessed’ they had been consorting with Satan and spreading heresy would be spared execution.”
In his blog's closing, McAdams summed up his feelings about his employer:
Like the rest of academia, Marquette is less and less a real university. And when gay marriage cannot be discussed, certainly not a Catholic university.